PASA plays role in educating Acadiana’s youth

LAFAYETTE (LA) – PASA continues to play its role contributing to the educational foundation of Acadiana’s youth through the culture and creativity of the performing arts. Throughout the remainder of the 2011–2012 Daytime Student Performance Series, middle and high school students will explore the performing arts in haunted renditions of Poe along with youthful approaches to Shakespeare and classical music.

Right in time for Halloween, six of American literature’s most celebrated tales of terror will come to life in Robert Mason’s An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Performances will be held at 10:30 a.m. on October 26, at U.L.’s Burke Hawthorne Hall. PASA partners with the U.L. School of Music and Performing Arts to present this collection of short stories representing Poe at his most horrifying and features favorites such as The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart, along with lesser-known works, The Oblong Box and The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether. Immediately following, students can interact with the University-composed cast who will lead a Question and Answer session.

The critically acclaimed Aquila Theatre will perform a modern depiction of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on November 10, at 10:30 a.m. “Fair is foul and foul is fair” as students follow Scottish General, Macbeth, along his journey surrounded by temptation, witchcraft and greed, later descending into murderous action, war and insanity. Shakespeare’s words will come to life with modern movement and meaning through this troupe of British and Scottish actors, who The New York Times refers to as “…electrically entertaining…”

A Far Cry will round out the Student Series’ final performance, at Lafayette High School on March 8, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. This self-conducted string orchestra comprised of 17 young musicians, dubbed “The Criers,” ranks among the latest generation of respected, classical ensembles. These musicians make music according to their own rules through exploration of classical music’s traditional boundaries, experimenting with the ways it is prepared and performed, evoking audiences to experience music in a new and exciting way.

The 2011-2012 Daytime Student Performance Series is presented by PASA, sponsored by Chevron and Capital One, with grants funded through LCVC, South Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts and Louisiana Division of Arts. The cost of attendance is $7.00 per student. Those who register classes early will receive 10 tickets for teachers or chaperones at no additional cost. For more information related to registration deadlines or to register a class, teachers and principals should contact PASA at (337) 237-2787ext. 201 or visit www.pasa-online.org.

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